Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Boxing Day Renamed "Stitching Day"
As the Advent Calendar revealed that some countries do not celebrate Boxing Day and others simply have Second Christmas (like festive hobbits) I have decided that 26th December will henceforth be International Stitching Day. Just sit in your stitching spot nibbling on leftover turkey and chocolates while stitching to your heart's content.
We will start with a piece that I actually stitched just before Christmas. I finished Joan Elliott's 12 Days of Christmas on 15th December so technically I had 9 stitching days before Christmas Day but I knew I was working on 4 of them and would be pretty busy on the other 5 so I decided to stitch a very small design. Kerry the Biscornu Addict showed what she would be stitching on in the run-up to Christmas which inspired me to stitch one of the same designs:
Merry Christmas by Stitchrovia
Stitched on 28 count Colonial Blue evenweave
This was the cover kit with Cross Stitch Crazy issue 237 and came with this red hoop but I will probably scrapbook it instead.
My Christmas Day start is another 12 Days of Christmas design (No, Stephanie, I cannot get enough of these designs!). I'm doing 12 Days of Stitchmas as I did last year. So on Day 1, I stitched Block 1:
On Day 2, I stitched on Block 2 and Block 1:
On Day 3 I will stitch a little of each of the first 3 blocks and so on. The plan is to stitch the black border on the new day so I can get the placement right for the next day. Then one length on each of the preceding blocks. Chosen to avoid changing colour too much!
At the end of the Twelfth Day of Christmas I should have Block 1 completed and then I will stitch one block a month for the rest of the year.
Today being the 26th I should have stitched my spooky conversion of the Enchanted Alphabet by Lavender & Lace. But guess where that it? In the chest hidden behind the Christmas tree! So that will have to wait until Epiphany when the tree comes down.
Instead I picked up the next project in the rotation; my Zodiac SAL by Donna Kooler:
stitched on 32 count Millenium Blue linen
I'd already done my 10-a-day and 30-a-day projects in the morning:
Just Nan - Summer in the Square
Just Nan Butterfly Rose
There's still one more project to come today, the bathtime stitching which is Dracula's Book Cover by Dam Good Crafts. Here's where I finished last night having just started the moon:
stitched on 32 count Amortentia Belfast by Chromatic Alchemy
So that's five pieces in one day! Same again tomorrow and the rest of the month until I go back to work on 1st January. For one day. Then another week off. I do love part-time working, especially when you do lieu hours in December and get to take them in January.
I do hope you all had a lovely Christmas and got everything you wanted. My favourite presents were stitching and book related, of course. I also got these really cute earrings:
She does quite a range of books and will do custom designs too! I wonder if I ordered our Book of the Month each month if I could put them through petty cash?
I NEED the Alice in Wonderland ones next, then some Discworld covers, the Dragonriders of Pern, The Power (Naomi Alderman) and then every book Chris Riddell has ever done a cover for...
Finally, we are approaching the end of the year so I will be putting up the Sign-Up page for Gifted Gorgeousness soon and preparing my special recipe End of Year Pie for all you Statistic lovers. But before that we have the final Smalls post on Friday!